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Immigrants from around the world enter Los Angeles every day, with hopeful visions of a better life, but little notion of what that life may cost. Their desperate scenarios test the humanity of immigration enforcement officers. "In Crossing Over," writer-director Wayne Kramer explores the allure of the American dream, and the reality that immigrants find--and create--in 21st century L.A.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 16%

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"Any one of these stories, if properly fleshed out and shorn of contrivance, would have made for a perfectly serviceable film. Instead, we have lots of hysterical little bits of nothing much."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"[Crossing Over] has a paint-by-numbers quality."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Multicultural hot pot boils over into farce."
‑ Don Groves,
"Being over-stuffed and heavy-handed are not even Crossing Over's biggest problems. That dubious honour goes to an absolute failure to address its nominal subject-matter in any meaningful way."
‑ Simon Braund, Empire Magazine
"Crass, contrived, tackily salacious and politically loaded in the most insidious way, this dodgy piece of nonsense purports to be an ensemble, multi-stranded drama in the style of Traffic or Crash."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"There are good performances here, but the sheer number dilutes their power, leaving the movie a bit of a mess."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Part of the reason why Crossing Over doesn't work is that too many of the hurdles [director] Kramer places in front of his protagonists often feel like the product of a writer's imagination instead of real-life experiences."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The film manages to sustain a general air of dull preachiness without ever having much to say for itself."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"While the film certainly has some viable, provocative points to make about the US's attitudes to migrants and the labyrinthine horrors of getting citizenship, it lacks the subtlety and eloquence it really needs to succeed."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"The whole exercise feels exploitative."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"You see, it's all a bit too interlocking, a cable series jammed into a couple of hours."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The film is so choppy, especially in the final going, it appears that entire reels have been cut."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It's compassionate, decent-minded and highly watchable, but as angry, heavy-handed and overemphatic as a rubber stamp crashing down on an immigration form."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"For anyone who felt that Crash was too subtle and self-effacing, I recommend Crossing Over, a multi-stranded, heavy handed exploration of the issues surrounding immigration and US citizenship."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"Well-acted but increasingly either melodramatic or just plain dull."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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